We look forward to announcing details for our third round of Request for Proposals in Fall 2020!
We will be seeking new ideas to save or improve the lives of the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.
Today, more than 201 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.
Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.
Our Featured Innovators
Griffith University researchers’ solutions for maggot therapy and the production of medicinal maggots in conflict enable non-expert people to provide quality care, that empower skilled staff, allow faster and less-costly provision of essential health supplies, and enable affected communities to manufacture their own medicinal goods.
What is Happening Now
The second round call for proposals is now closed. Thanks to all those that applied!
Details for round 3 will be be posted 2020.
Visit the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.
The second request for proposals (RFP) closed in July 2019 and focused on innovations that provide, supply, or locally generate: 1) energy; 2) safe water and sanitation; 3) life-saving information; and/or 4) health services and supplies to help conflict-affected people.
This resulted in 648 applications from 80 different countries; 58% of which came from lower- and middle-income countries. We saw a 65% increase in applications from the Middle East and North Africa region, and a 16% increase from sub-Saharan Africa.
We are currently evaluating the proposals.
Latest Blog Entries
The Humanitarian Grand Challenge Announces Support for 27 Solutions To Help People in Conflict Zones
Today, the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, an international partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, announced total funding of $7.8 million CAD for 27 intended finalists for the second call for innovations of the Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Water scarcity, conflict, and humanitarian action
Every minute, over 20 people are forced to flee their homes in search of water, food, and safety. Water scarcity is contributing to the displacement of millions of people through water conflicts and environmental conditions, including drought. For the millions presently forced to flee from hunger and resource driven conflicts, Rainmaker Enterprise is working to make migration a choice and not a last resort.
Water and Climate Change: sustainable, market-based solutions from the Rainmaker Enterprise
Conflict and climate change are closely linked. From Syria to South Sudan, climate change is resulting in rising temperatures, water scarcity and food insecurity, acting as a threat multiplier, particularly to already vulnerable populations. Less predictable weather conditions affect the availability and distribution of rainfall, river flows and groundwater, all of which deteriorate water quality and its availability. This is affecting millions of people, with personal, social and economic implications.
Climate change, conflict and water scarcity: The story of the Rainmaker Enterprise
Water scarcity is a driving factor of food insecurity, health challenges, intercommunal conflicts and forced migration. The story of the Rainmaker Enterprise, one of the Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovations, emerges from these circumstances and leverages the intimate knowledge of these experiences to build sustainable solutions.